Thoughts Maman’s Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen by Donia Bijan, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill 2011, 254 pages
For the EMOTION category of What’s in a Name 6 Challenge.
OK, Friends, I loved this book! In fact, it must be obvious I loved this book because I loaned it to a very good friend and am anxious to get it back. THAT’s a lot of love for a book. I usually give away my books and rarely recall where I’ve sent them off. This one has an ‘are ya done yet, are ya done yet?!’ urgency plea connected to it. I WANT IT BACK. NOW. (but oh yea, I already promised I’d loan it to another very good friend…)
What? You want to know why exactly I loved it so?
Can I tease you for a few minutes?
I won this book an embarrassingly long time ago and it is embarrassing because you all know I love pie and you would think I would have read it immediately. In fact, I suspect that I “won” this book because the pie-gods know that I love pie and somehow pulled the right levers in the universe so that my name was pulled as the winner and thus that is how I got it into my flour-covered cold-buttered little hands, right?
And it took me a few months. *cough, cough*
OK. YEARS… not quite two which in book-blog-world-time of winning a book to reading it could be interpretted to be rather… yea, late.
Almost two years. Sigh…
Anyway, where was I? I loved the sharing, I loved the drama, I loved the recipes – though I have yet to cook anything. I SO WANT TO and I will.*
I think I related most to the fact that Donia and I are of a similar age. I was right there with her (sort of; not really) in 1978. I could relate to her wanting to fit in, to pay attention to her life and what she wanted of her life rather than ‘current events’.
I had great respect for her mother. I think I understood her father. Life sucks, sometimes. I laughed and I cried. What more do you want from a memoir?
Recipes?! yep, recipes.
APPLE PIE, Baby. Five slicer.
Recommended for purchase for the recipes. Really, I’m eager to try many of the recipes…
* Or I will make the Hub make something. He’s the real cook in the family.
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